Nicole and Narayan

Such a lovely way to whisk us off into the weekend…. with these two love birds.  If I had to break it all down into to one word I would call it: GENUINE.

Everything about them–the way they love each other, the career paths they chose, the way they think, the art she creates, the fun that they have, and their kindness. Our conversations went from talking about finding meaning and “waking up” in our lives through mindfulness, to quoting Usher. (what?!) They are that dynamic, and real, and in touch, and young and cool. We laughed a lot and connected on deep deep levels. I felt like I had just met two great friends. They live up in Los Altos in the cutest little studio with wild grasses wrapped all around it. We went to one of their favorite parks in the area to capture them together. I shot them until there was no light left to shoot with and I had no reason to be there anymore. It sounds silly, but it’s true. It was so mellow, fun, and up-lifting. Best of all, it was revealed to me during our conversations that Narayan is the son of a woman who heals my soul when it’s aching. She speaks my truth. I listen to her talks regularly and her words dance through my mind as I fall asleep at night with her book on my face. Her name is Tara Brach. I almost cried when I realized this. Narayan just smiled at me and said “I’m so glad she’s helped you so much.” Nicole giggled a little and said “star struck?” um, yes. yes. yes! What a mother-in-law to inherit! So blessed.

Then the magic of both having family homes in Truro was brought to light and I think I almost fainted. Wow. So special to share the east coast, west coast love and lifestyle. It was meant to be to meet these two. A huge gift! I am so happy for them and wish them the absolute best life possible together. They are perfect together. What an honor to be a small part of their life,  freezing a moment in time for their babies to see someday. I shot a mixture of digital and medium format film.

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Beckett

What a gift to see this boy again as he’s just 3.5 months away from hitting ONE year. I love how he’s grown into such a happy, beautiful boy. They came all the way down from Oakland for our session and I just loved our time together. Esme is such a natural mom. So in love with her baby boy. It was a joy to witness them as a family, and see Beckett getting ready to move… rolling over, putting weight into his legs, trying to communicate. It goes so fast. If only I could hold my babies again at that stage, even just for a minute. A good reminder to be right here right now. And to get photos that freeze them in time.

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Baby Kate

LOVE.

that’s all I really have to say about this baby and this session. I am so happy to know this family. They make pretty little princesses, and it’s such a privilege to me to photograph them. Baby Kate was an angel through her whole shoot and I had tons of fun with Emma and her BIG personality. So.much.fun. It could have been as much her session as her new baby sister’s. She was my focus so much of the time because 1. she’s adorable and 2. she needs that attention right now. It made her feel special to have a flower crown and be important and a focus for me. She was so good with the jealousy that came up for her when it was time to focus on baby sis. And we captured some precious moments between the two of them together. My favorite was when she kissed her toes. melt. Thank you for inviting me into your home and for a really nice session Van B’s.

ps. How gorgeous is mama’s hair?! Lucky girls to get that gene.

*(1st three frames are film).

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The Edwards Family | Northern California Redwoods

One of my most favorite people on this earth is Erin Edwards. We’ve grown into a friendship together over the last 9 years, both of us learning and awkwardly changing, and now we are connected at the deepest of heart and soul levels. She understands me inside out and loves me just as I am, as I love her. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a wonderful friend in my life, other than my husband. I’m grateful beyond words to share the intimate parts of my mind and life with her. Everything I tell her is received with love and authentic understanding, no judgement, no competition, no false words of confidence just to be kind. There is also so much laughter between us, like immature teenagers divulging all the asinine craziness that goes on in our minds too. That laughter and ability to laugh at ourselves is so healing for me too. The best part of this session was the walk I got to take with Erin through the redwood grove, taking in our surroundings and breathing in that moist, fresh air before we drove away.

Photographing her family is so fun. Her children are full of personality, which I feel like we really captured in this session. They moved to Arizona over the past year, which was heart breaking for everyone, but thankfully, it didn’t effect the closeness we share. She came back to graduate from her masters program and asked me to capture her family again while she was here. I couldn’t be more honored. She requested film, so we shot film and digital (more film than digital). She’s been with me on this photography journey since it began and has left behind some very talented photographers to work with me. I know it’s not just because we are friends. She tells me always it’s because she truly loves my work and style. When anyone chooses me for that reason, then it’s always a good fit and a beautiful session, guaranteed.

Thank you for playing with me among the giant beauty of the Redwoods, Edwards Family. I love all of you and miss you already. xo

 

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The Lambert Family

The energy of this family is calming to be around. They are so gracious and understanding. They love each other so deeply.  There is a softness about them that I can appreciate because I have some of that in me too. At the same time there is so much laughter. Dad’s sense of humor brings out the best smiles in all of them. He keeps is really light and fun, which I appreciated so much.  I always love our sessions, (and it’s really hard for me not to touch Ty’s gorgeous hair), it’s the best! We used a mixture of digital and film at the beautiful Carmelite Monastery in Santa Clara. Take a peek. xo

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The Moseley Famliy

I’ve been dying to get this family in front of my camera since their third baby was born! Oh, baby Reece is such a sweetheart, and a beautiful addition to their family. I’m so glad she’s here now and she let us doll her up with a special flower crown made by the talented, Brendy Frampton. We had lots of laughs together over the course of the session, because as usual, nothing is ever perfect, and sometimes the kids are done before we start. I totally get that. Such troopers, those handsome boys. And I know they won’t regret it, or hold mom accountable once they see how absolutely adorable they were! I can barely stand it. This family could be in a magazine. Their shoot was so light and airy, just like summer feels right now. I loved it! Thank you Moseley’s for asking me to photograph you! xo

*(the first set of images are film).

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Spring Mini Sessions

With so much going on these days it’s getting harder to post on the blog. I have so many sessions from last fall that I want to share too! It’ll happen soon enough (i hope). We had such a darling set of clients come out to participate in the Spring Mini Sessions this year, I had to share. I was loving the vibe, and the look. Brendy Frampton was an amazing sidekick for this event. She took everything up a notch. I loved having her light spirit with me the whole day, and all the detail she brought. I will definitely coordinate our fall minis with her too so be on the look out for that after summer. She’s a talent. She made the flower crowns with flowers from Petite Petal Co. She made the feather crowns for the boys, the donut cake and donut pops, the fairy wands, and brought juice for kids, and La Croix water for us adults. She’s so thoughtful and loving.

My vision was to use a studio, with that romantic window light flooding in, with a teepee and flowers garland draped over it. Pretty simple, but aslo so pretty and sweet. I ordered the garland from Seascape Flowers. They were awesome to work with as well. If you’re in Aptos hanging near Seascape Resort, you must stop in to her sweet little shop! I’m so happy and grateful that this all came together. I had such fun with these spring chickens. Thanks to all who joined us! Enjoy a little peek into our day! xo

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This is Eight and Four.

This beach. It’s saved my state of mind many a day of feeling bogged down by the monotony of life. How many days this beach has held me and warmed my skin when I needed it and refreshed my mind. Just a short, windy drive through redwood trees to the coast, and 25 minutes later, we arrive at 20th street beach. The air is a little cooler, and smells of salt water. We can see to infinity as we peek out through the trees and trek down the road to the beach. This beach. Brad brought me here in the beginning and set up a beach bonfires for us. We sat in the night, listening to waves, looking up to the stars, talking about…. everything. Now we bring our babies here. And now they get to let the ocean pull everything weighing them down out of them too, so we can all start fresh. Many times I bring my film cameras down here and take my frustrations out shooting. I don’t believe in myself enough.  Sometimes I need to go there, in a mad and determined way, and say to myself  “I can DO this!” to get motivated to try and possibly fail. Funny that we are all so afraid of failure, when it’s a teacher and path toward success, and in the process makes us so much more real. It’s just that ego that wants to get it right the 1st time, I guess.

Ava turned 8 on April 26th, so photographing her as she is now was my main goal.  Nathan is 4 and I hadn’t shot him after his January Bday yet either, so here I am, once again practicing with medium format and 35 mm film on them. I want to shoot more film, but I still have fear to work through and many mistakes to make. My D700 feels like my 2nd right hand. I know it by heart and I know how to make magic with it. I need to remind myself that I got there and continue to get better because I’m practicing. So I’ll keep practicing. Both.

There’s just something about film though. It has an authenticity that really speaks to me. So glad it’s still here for us.

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*If you want to shoot film at your session, just say the word and we can play with it too.

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Greyson Pace

You forget how tiny they are. Their little bodies melt into you. As I walked in the door, daddy handed baby to me. “Do you want to hold him?” Oh, the luxury of holding a newborn in my arms. I just love how it feels. I told them I can appreciate so much more the sweetness of this stage when it’s not my baby. I was too sleep deprived and anxious the first time around. I think that’s why it’s become easy for me to comfort newborns…. I have the skills left over from having my own, but the ones I’m soothing now I haven’t used all my energy on. I’m not trying to balance equal attention between kids, plus a photography job, and mommy work on top of it all. So, I have so much patience and time to relish in the moment. I love that. It’s amazing. Hats off to this mama who is gracefully learning how to juggle two babes now. She is a light and a love. She truly appreciates the art of photography, and after receiving her images wrote to me saying:

“Cassie, I am speechless over these pictures! I literally have tears in my eyes. You are such a talent and I’m beyond grateful to have found you. I love them, they mean the world to me.”

made.my.day.

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The Wong Family

It’s official, spring is here and I am so filled up & inspired! It’s like nature pressed the “refresh” button. All is so green, and the lighter evenings let us stay out and play in the glowing light. Everything is waking up again, including myself. My clients are calling and we’re setting up sessions to mark the time again. It really goes so fast. Gavin turned 2 on March 12th. He is one of the most beautiful boys I’ve met. He was reserved and shy with me this time, but I have a big heart and a lot of space for that. Daddy brought out that smile that he shared with us among the peach blossoms in Saratoga. Thank goodness for Daddies.

Happy Spring! Let’s get YOUR session booked too. It’s too beautiful out not too! xo

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